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Multiculturalism: Lessons From The Macedonian Empire


In 2015, after an unprecedented number of asylum seekers and migrants streamed into the EU, national cultural ministers agreed to create a new group on “intercultural dialogue”. This group would be focusing on the integration of asylum seekers and migrants in societies through the arts and culture.  It however was not the first time a Globalist superstate would try to use arts and culture as a way to create integration between peoples of vastly different cultures and races. Although the EU’s approach is probably the most sophisticated attempt to mingle many different cultures and races into one monolithic group, many Globalist superstates have gone before the EU and failed to do so. The megalomaniac dream of unifying peoples and cultures who are reluctant, or even unwilling to be unified seems to always be a bridge to far.

The Macedonian Empire

One of the Globalist superstates to try this and to utterly fail was the Macedonian Empire. Under Alexander the Great (356 BC – 323 BC) the Macedonian empire at his death stretched from the shores of Greece, to the deserts of Egypt, to the borders of India. Alexander had a dream for this Empire, a dream in which he not just fused Greek and Persian cultures, but also people together to create a monolithic culture of whom he was the supreme Ruler. That no Greek or Persian seemed to want to be forced together was of no importance to the young king. Alexander would try to melt them together anyway, no matter the cost or the outcome. A few of the things Alexander pursued to achieve his goal, and the reactions of his people to it, will sound familiar to those who live in the EU. The consequences of these policies and ideas need to be studied carefully.

The Adoption of Foreign Customs

While Alexander was campaigning in the farthest reaches of the Persian empire , he already tried to be more of an appealing king to his new foreign subjects. He decided to adapt some of their customs to be more of a universal ruler. One example was the adoption of elements of Persian dress at his court, but the one that really got under the skin of his fellow Greeks was the introduction of “Proskynesis”. This was an old Persian court custom which meant that when the Persian were among their king or someone who was of a higher social class, they were obliged to show respect by either blowing a hand kiss or bowing.  The Greeks, known for their informal ways of treating ones equals or superiors, only knew this concept as a way to greet the gods. Alexanders use of Proskynesis to them was disgusting and made him less sympathetic as their king.

Mixing Culture and Race 

When Alexander arrived in Susa he had another idea. Not only would he take a Persian wife, he would pay his officers a dowry if they would marry a Persian woman as well. Although Alexander was already married, Macedonian Court Customs and Persian culture both allowed him to have more then one wife. Not only would Alexander take a Persian wife, he would marry the oldest daughter of Darius, the former Persian king. After the wedding of their king, sources tell us at least 10,000 Macedonians married Persian wives. Now Alexander’s dynasty would be able to identify with both royal houses and both people. Additionally, a new generation would be of mixed culture and race ready to safeguard his legacy.

Encouraging Immigration 

Alexander’s death was shock to his empire, but his will was a bigger shock. The Greek historian, Diodorus, tells us that in his will, Alexander called for “The transplant of populations From Asia to Europe and in the opposite direction from Europe to Asia, in order to bring the largest continent to common unity and to friendship by means of intermarriage and family ties”. The Macedonian king wanted to reshape the entire European and Asian world that he knew to one singular culture and race. This was unheard of during the time of Alexander, and it would create a genuine resistance amongst hist generals and followers.

The Fall of an Empire

At the time of the Great Kings death, the empire covered at least 50,000 km squared, being the largest state on the planet. Since the king had not chosen a clear successor, his generals would be divided and would constantly change allegiances and go to war with another. The concept of Proskynesis would already be a abandoned during his lifetime. The 10,000 Macedonians who married Persian wives would for the largest part divorce one another. The mass transplantation of peoples from different continents never came. Alexanders dream of an Multicultural empire finally died in 303 (BC) when his empire was carved up between several of his generals. Some like Alexander’s general Ptolemy would choose to integrate into Egyptian culture and would try to create a somewhat Hellenic Egypt. Until the Romans came, no Empire would ever be as civic nationalist, as multicultural and as interracial as the Macedonian Empire under Alexander the “Great”.

Lessons to be Learned

The European Union in some ways seems to be the spiritual successor of Alexander’s Empire. It tries to forcibly mix cultures, customs, peoples and races together in a Globalist Superstate. The EU too wants to transplant people to here from Asia and Africa. It too tells us we need to embrace humiliating customs from the Far East to make integration work. And the EU’s goal as well is to convince us to marry those who are not of our people. The question is, will the EU unlike Alexander be successful in this attempt? 

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